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Differences Between PS4 and Xbox One

Differences Between PS4 and Xbox One

With the release of both Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One around the same time (PS4 on Nov. 15 and Xbox One on Nov. 22), gamers and consumers should know the differences between PS4 and Xbox One before making the purchase. Here is a brief summary of key differences for those deciding between the two next-gen consoles.

Physical Characteristics and Cost

Technically, both have 500GB hard drives, custom AMD graphics processors, the ability to play Blu-ray, and eight-core processors. If size and bulkiness matter to you, the Xbox One weighs a little bit more and is bulkier than the PS4. One of the differences between PS4 and Xbox One is PS4’s internal power supply while Xbox One has a bulky external power brick.


For some, choosing a console will come down to the games that each one offers. Games that will be released exclusively for the PS4 include Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, DriveClub and inFAMOUS: Second Son. Games for Xbox One are currently Dead Rising 3, Project Spark, Halo, Sunset Overdrive and Titanfall. But both consoles are expected to release Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, FIFA 14 and more.

Gaming and Entertainment Experience

Even with similar tech specs, current reviews by gamers conclude that the PS4 is slated to be more powerful of the two in terms of Compute Units for graphics. However, the architecture for the Xbox One covers the performance of much more than games, such as other entertainment and MS platforms.

Of course, one of the biggest differences between PS4 and XBOX One is the voice commands, where it seems that the PS4 have a very limited set of voice commands versus the One. The Xbox Kinect 2’s voice commands and notion controls interact with games and the myriad of entertainment options on the Xbox dashboard, making for a unique experience versus the PS4.
The PS4 will also offer Music Unlimited: a cloud-based streaming service for subscribers to listen to music while playing the PS4. However, you cannot stream music or movies from a computer any longer, or play CDs and Mp3s on the PS4.

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Other Differences Between PS4 and Xbox One

Other differences between PS4 and Xbox One include access to other applications. While apps like Hulu Plus and Netflix will be free to access on the PS4, the Xbox One provides access through the Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Remote Play via PS Vita allows you to play PS4 games, streamed over a wireless network. Similarly, The Xbox One will support second screen play through tablets and smartphones via SmartGlass.

In conclusion, there are many different advantages and disadvantages between these next-gen consoles, but both offer very strong experiences overall.

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